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A universal tactile feedback system for computer and video game systems is disclosed which provides real time tactile feedback to enhance a user's experience while interacting with a computer/video game or simulation. The tactile feedback system operates both in host-independent and host-dependent modes, thereby allowing the system to function even when no accomodation is provided by the game or simulation system that is being used. The host-independent mode is responsive to the audio signal that is typically generated by a computer or video game system while it is executing a game or simulation. The host-dependent mode is responsive to control commands specifically generated by a computer or video game system while it is executing a game or simulation. The tactile feedback system then creates tactile sensations primarily via seat-based and/or vest-based tactile sensation generators, such that the user can feel physical sensations that correspond to the events occurring within the game or simulation in real time.

Title
Universal tactile feedback system for computer video games and simulations
Application Number
8/935762
Publication Number
6422941 (B1)
Application Date
September 23, 1997
Publication Date
July 23, 2002
Inventor
Paul M Heilman III
1240 Rhus St., San Mateo
CA, US
Craig Thorner
77 Air Park Dr., Ronkonkoma
NY, US
IPC
A63F 13/02
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